Palestinian Authority President creates committee and allocated budget for ICC efforts
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has signed an order to create a central authority that will be responsible for all Palestinian applications and matters within the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Abbas has also designated a budget for the newly formed committee.
Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erakat will lead the committee that will include several Palestinian politicians and human rights activists. The committed has been charged with all bureaucracy in the ICC and to “identify and prepare the documents and records that the state of Palestine will present to the ICC”. A representative from Hamas, Razi Hamad, is also part of the committee as well as representatives from Gaza.
The Palestinians officially signed the Roman Statute of the ICC, their membership expected in April of this year.
A senior Palestinian stated on the creation of the committee that the Palestinians will, “also need advice from external and international elements. It is a very complex undertaking, covering the preparation of documents, the collection of evidence and a lot of other field work.”
The Palestinians intend to pursue Israel with charges of war crimes. They Authority and Hamas claim that Israel committed numerous war crimes during Operation Protective Edge. The decision to join the ICC came after the United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian statehood proposal.
The United States, Canada, Britain and Israel have been vocal in opposition against the Palestinians continued unilateral efforts for statehood as they further any resolution or resumption for negotiations.